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While the Supreme Court ruling has struck down the Safer at Home order it has not changed any County or Municipal public health emergency orders currently in place. Also, any action taken by a library board to close the library facility remains in place.

Absent of a County and/or Municipal order, the library board would have the authority to reopen the library. The library board agenda must be properly notice for a minimum of 24-hours. Reopening a library is NOT a situation where less than 24-hour notice would be appropriate.

If the library board wishes to consider reopening the library, local public health and municipal officials should be contacted to determine if an order does exist or is pending. The library staff should continue to follow all guidance on quarantining library materials, social distancing, public and employee safety, and other guidance referenced in the materials below.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – OSHA

https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/

The library board should also approve a plan for closing the library if an outbreak occurs in the community and/or if staff becomes sick or has been exposed to the virus.

The safety of the public and staff must be considered when determining what is the appropriate level of library service at this time.

My recommendation at this time would be for libraries to offer curbside and virtual services only and allow time for the Governor’s Office, DHS, and the Legislature to develop a plan for reopening Wisconsin in a safe manner. 

John


WPR coverage and analysis:

Here is the WPR Report and the Opinion–